3 bold predictions for Texas football in September

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Tarique Milton finishes the month second on the team in receiving yards

The season-ending injury that the former Wyoming Cowboys redshirt sophomore transfer wide receiver Isaiah Neyor suffered in the first fall scrimmage a couple of weekends ago caused a big shakeup in the receiving corps heading into the season. Neyor was expected to be one of the top two receivers for the Longhorns this fall along with star sophomore wideout Xavier Worthy.

Neyor suffering an unfortunate ACL tear means that Texas will now be more reliant on the standout returning wide receiver duo of Worthy and redshirt junior Jordan Whittington. But that still leaves one spot open oftentimes among the starting trio at the position for Sark, new wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion, and the Longhorns.

The first two names that come to mind for me in terms of who could step up in the wake of Neyor’s injury out of the gates this season are senior grad transfer Tarique Milton and redshirt freshman outside receiver Casey Cain.

While Cain is the more natural fit for Texas on the boundary, which is where Neyor was projected to start, Milton is the more versatile of the two. Cain is probably only going to get on the field early this season predominantly when Texas has natural three-wide receiver sets that emphasize spacing and having that big body in the passing game on the outside.

Meanwhile, Milton can be moved between both slots and could even play in a sort of hybrid role for the x-wide receiver spot, usually assumed by Worthy.

That type of versatility and explosiveness play-potential that Milton brings to the table makes him a really solid fit in the Sark offensive scheme.

And if the distribution of practice and scrimmage reps at the conclusion of fall camp is telling of what’s to come early this season, then Milton could actually get more targets in the passing game early on than Cain.